For an outdoor experience your pup won't soon furget, check out the East Harbor State Park! Comprising 1,831 acres of land on the shores of Lake Erie east of Port Clinton, this furbulous area features a lake, marshlands and plenty of recreational fun for you and your dog.
Found on Catawba Island beside Lake Erie, this park contains remnants of the last great ice age seen in the glacial scratches formed on the bedrock. The park is also home to lots of wildlife, including amphibians, reptiles, the red fox and muskrat. And with the number of unique bird species found here, birdwatchers find this park a paradise.
If you are hikers, you and your dog will love the 11 trails that span over 10 miles. Duck hunting is permitted on the eastern shore, while fishermen can try their hand at catching yellow perch, smallmouth and white bass, and walleye in the lake. Just be sure to have your hunting or fishing license on hand. Note that while swimming is a popular activity here, dogs are not allowed on the beach. Boaters will love the on site marina that provides docking, supplies and even a mechanic!
For the sports fans, check out the 18-hole disc golf course, and the volleyball and basketball courts. Winter activities include snowmobiling on 5 trails, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing. And with over 300 dog-friendly campsites with electric, and group campsites, you and up to two dogs per site can stay longer!
Dogs are welcome in this puptasic park, but need to remain on 6 foot leash throughout. Be sure to have your dog current on their rabies vaccine, and be able to provide documentation if requested. Restrooms for the humans are located in the park, but you'll need to bring clean-up bags for your dog. Also be sure to have enough water on hand to share with your adventure pup.
While entry in the park is free of charge, there are a few activities which do carry fees. These include campsites, shelter houses, and any boat or equipment rentals.
For a furrific outdoor getaway, head to the East Harbor State Park with your pup today!